Capt. John Dougherty, formerly class desk officer for the U.S. Navy‘s unmanned carrier aviation program office, has taken a new role asÂ manager of the service branch’s precision strike weapons program office.
The Navy said Thursday that Dougherty will overseeÂ 30 programs that costÂ more than $4.7 billion combined, includingÂ the Naval Air Systems Command’s foreign military sales portfolio.
He succeeded Capt. Jaime Engdahl, who will retire in July after a 27-year military career.
The service branchÂ previously assigned Dougherty to various roles at NAVAIR suchÂ as airborne and rockets pyrotechnics integrated product team lead for the direct and time sensitive strike weapons program office;Â deputy director of development for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program office; and weapon systems integration and radar integrated product team lead for F/A-18 & EA-18G program office.
Dougherty also supported combat strike missions during Operations Southern Watch and Enduring Freedom as a pilot forÂ Strike FighterÂ Squadron 125.
He has recorded more than 1,200 hours and 300 carrier landings as an F/A-18 command pilot.